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I read a little bit about this. Odd that a blood treatment for a parasite can also negatively affect a virus! But great, if true. The Chinese were also working this application. Be interesting to see if it works out on a large scale.
The people who use zinc products like ZiCam (for common cold virus) may be on to something similar.
As were the South Koreans, French, Aussies maybe too. Not sure if this is settled science, but one hypothesis from Medcram is that chloroquine allows zinc to pass thru the cellular membrane. It is an ionophore for zinc. Zinc interferes with viral replication within the cell membrane. Dont think zinc makes a difference as a stand alone.
"What ho, Jeeves--I've had a brain wave. The government simply need to prescribe free gin and tonics (Chloroquine) for everyone! The gin will make the tonic go down easier. It would certainly be a hit at the Drone Club."
So, that explains why I got shorted on my medication! I just started taking the generic of Plaquenil (the quinine-based drug referred to above), and the number of pills came up short.
I didn't understand this until this article made me realize I'm in competition for scarce resources with COVID-19 patients.
I need it for arthritis, not malaria or Kung Flu.
BTW, if you do take it, do NOT drink alcohol, as that can destroy the liver. IF you get symptoms of visual disturbance, notify your doctor immediately. Ignoring it can can permanent injury to your sight, if not blindness.